VIDEO: If the CIA can collaborate with Web 2.0 tools, so can you

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InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

June 11, 2008

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Having trouble trying to sell in Web 2.0-style collaboration to the higher ups in your enterprise organization? Are there VPs and CXOs that are shying away from wiki-style knowledge management because they don't get it or they fear confidential information will be passed carelessly among employees and partners? Do they feel that the information is too sensitive, that it might get into the wrong hands?Whatever information they have, no matter how sensitive, it's definitely not as critical or as classified as the CIA. Tell your boss, "If the CIA can collaborate with Web 2.0 tools, so can we."Sean Dennehy and Don Burke are two CIA employees who are also leading advocates for the Intellipedia, a Web 2.0 collaboration environment created by the Department of National Intelligence (DNI) for the intelligence community.During their presentation, "From the bottom up: Building the 21st Century Intelligence Community," Dennehy and Burke spoke about the difficulty of convincing the country's most secretive organization to share information using Web 2.0 collaboration tools. After their presentation, I asked them on video (after we received clearance from the public affairs office) to discuss the difficulty of selling in the collaboration platform, the need for the CIA to share information at critical moments with other intelligence gathering organizations, and how their greatest detractors have become their most enthusiastic users. Enjoy the six minute interview.Make sure you check out the summary of all coverage from the Enterprise 2.0 Conference 2008 in Boston.

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